Dune II: The Building of a Dynasty

DOS game, 1992

Westwood Studios
Virgin Games
Sci-Fi / Futuristic, Real-time

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Excellent game inspired by the book Brian Herbert. Principle, as in any strategy is to destroy everything and everyone. There are three races: Atreides, Härkönens and Ords (there are no Ords in the book however). At the end of the game adds to the fight Emperor himself. Atreides are essentially the good, Härkönen the bad and Ords are traders. The plot is simple. Somewhere in the universe is a desert asteroid known as Dune. It has only one meaning - mining spices. Who controls the extraction of spice, controls the universe. By this time the game is situated. The first missions only you benefit pepper and lightly armor, but over time one of you becomes a desert warrior. In some missions, there is hardly any spices and other enemies is again too.

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An excellent game based on the book by Brian Herbert. The principle, as in any strategy, is to destroy everyone and everything. There are three races to choose from, the Atreides, the Harkonnens and the Ordos. However, the Ords do not appear in the Book. At the end of the game, the Emperor himself joins the fight. The Atreides are basically the good ones, the Harkonnens the evil ones, and the Ordos are the merchants.

The plot is simple. Somewhere in space is a desert asteroid. It has only one meaning, the extraction of spices. He who controls the extraction of spices controls the universe. To study the events around the dune, I recommend reading or watching a film. There was even a Czech actress in it, but I can't remember the name

Until this time, the game is situated. In the First Missions, you just mine spices and lightly arm yourself, but over time you become a desert warrior. in some missions there is almost no spice and in others there are many enemies. At first, it's just what kind of race you play for, but over time, the differences increase. First you get special weapons. I liked the sonic tank from the Atreides, but the others are also worth it. Eventually you get the opportunity to build a palace. Atreides can send malicious units, Fremen, from the palace. The others have a missile capable of destroying half the base.

From the buildings you can choose from many factories for toy cars, tanks, planes and barracks. The most important is, of course, the basic building where other buildings are built. The spaceport is important, where you can buy units at significantly cheaper prices. however, prices often fluctuate, so they need to be monitored. You can put your defense on two types of towers, missile and shooting. Missiles have the disadvantage that they are able to destroy their surroundings, ie themselves. But they have a great range. This is a problem with all missile weapons in the game. Defensive walls are a matter of course, but why build a wall when there can be a tower, right?

You start the game with little soldiers and a couple of toy cars. Gradually you can build stronger vehicles, then tanks and finally special weapons. The Harkonese devastator is famous. You can even build a mobile base, which pays off when a missile hits your head. Infantry is divided into groups or individuals.

Otherwise, I recommend playing and finishing for all races...

Reviewed by Anonym – 1. april 2014


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